UN Demands Urgent Humanitarian Ceasefire In Ukraine.
António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, has once again urged for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine.
The truce, he said in New York on Monday, will allow for the delivery of life-saving supplies as well as the evacuation of civilians in the nation.
Mr Guterres made the call in response to Russia’s bombardment on cities across Ukraine, according to UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.
Lviv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, and Mykolaiv have been particularly hard hit, causing in several civilian deaths and devastation.
Genuine discussions must be given an opportunity to succeed and deliver permanent peace, he said, adding that the UN was ready to assist in such efforts.
Ahead of the briefing, UN relief chief Martin Griffiths told media that while humanitarian ceasefires in Ukraine are not imminent at the moment, they may be in a few weeks.
Mr Griffiths reported on his recent trips to Russia and Ukraine, where he met with top authorities to explore UN “aspirations” for humanitarian pauses.
He also talked about ways to strengthen the notification mechanism that allows humanitarian personnel and supplies to go safely.
Mr Griffiths will visit Turkey this week to discuss holding humanitarian discussions between Russia and Ukraine with President Recep Tayyip Erdoan.
The secretary-general talked with President Erdoan on Sunday, emphasizing his continued support for the Istanbul process in relation to the conflict in Ukraine.
He also emphasized the importance of humanitarian corridors for relief delivery and evacuations.